What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the lining of the digestive tract and often spreads deep into the affected bowel tissue. The inflammation leads to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition. The disease is painful and often debilitating if left untreated and can lead to life-threatening complications. The cause for the disease is unknown, however scientists suspect heredity plays a role in its development and believe diet and stress can be aggravators.
What are the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease?
The signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease vary from one individual to the next depending upon the affected areas of your body and how severely your body reacts. Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease in the final part of the small intestine and in the colon include:
- Fever and fatigue
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Blood in your stool
- Mouth sores
- Reduced appetite and weight loss
Some individuals also experience inflammation of the skin, eyes, and joints; inflammation of the liver or bile ducts; and delayed puberty in children.
If you have severe or frequent symptoms of Crohn’s disease, schedule an appointment with Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne. If you are diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, your doctor will talk with you about treatment options.
How Do You Treat Crohn’s Disease?
There is no cure for Crohn’s disease and treatments are unique to each person. We use various drug therapies to help people manage the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and even put them into long-term remission. Types of drugs may include anti-inflammatories, immune system suppressors, antibiotics, and other medications to help control inflammation and give you relief. Nutrition therapy combined with drug therapies may further improve symptoms. In the event drug and nutrition therapy aren’t successful, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the area of your intestine affected by Crohn’s disease.
Our board-certified, experienced physicians at Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne will provide you with the best diagnosis and treatment options to help manage Crohn’s disease. Contact us today.
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